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June 9, 1999


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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(22):2089. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-22-jbk0609

In Reply: Drs Mylonakis and Koutkia highlight important issues related to residents' research projects. First, faculty mentors are essential for residents to have successful research experiences. The daily demands of graduate medical education constrain most residents from developing research projects on their own. Faculty mentors are invaluable in assisting residents in identifying pertinent topics, designing appropriate studies, and presenting their findings. Mills et al1 identified faculty mentoring as 1 of 3 significant variables associated with higher research productivity in family practice residencies. A related issue, however, is the need to adequately prepare faculty for research mentoring. Faculty must have the skills, interest, and time to appropriately direct resident research. Faculty development programs such as the one suggested by Henry2 outline essential skills for the research-focused teacher.

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